With the theme, “Evangelical Methodist Church, An Instrument of God Transforming the World With the Power of the Gospel,” the denomination recently held its XX General Assembly.
The assembly had a broad agenda of work in commissions seeking new strategies for the present period, focusing on Life and Mission, Witness and Presence, and Administration.
The bible studies during what is the most important meeting of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Panama were led by Bishop Jorge Bravo, Secretary of the Council of Bishops of the Council of Evangelical Methodist Churches of Latin America (CIEMAL).
The assembly brought together a great number of delegates from the Panamanian church’s congregations, and took place January 17-20 in the area of the Chiriquí Volcano, some 600 kilometers to the west of the capital, Panama City.
Important agreements were made, among them a covenant agreement of cooperation with the Methodist Church of Peru, to maintain relationships of cooperation with the Wesleyan Theological Seminary in that country, an institution that can provide for the training of pastors and laypersons. Likewise, the agreement will allow for the establishing of contacts with the Program for Discipleship and that of Volunteers in Action (PROVEA), while at the same time paying attention to the school education aspect.
According to the IEMPA web site, the Reverend Pedro Araúz Valdés was elected by the assembly, on the 14th ballot, to be the new bishop of the Evangelical Methodist Church of Panama. The Bishop-Elect will be consecrated on Saturday, February 16, in Panama City.